‘Ballad’ reception rosy

Indie pic gets a red carpet welcome

IFC Films’ “The Ballad of Jack & Rose,” Rebecca Miller’s latest indie, got a Hollywood hug on Tuesday, with aud members at the LACMA unspooling — including Brad Pitt and Spike Jonze — on hand to support pic’s Catherine Keener, among others.

Instead of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s usual emcee, helmer Paul Thomas Anderson moderated the post-screening Q&A with Miller and her lead actor (and hubby) Daniel Day-Lewis. A longtime friend of the couple, Anderson led the discussion with fanlike enthusiasm, often following their answers with a dreamy “I really liked that.”

Pic traces the intense relationship between a father and daughter who live away from modern life on a former commune.

Day-Lewis revealed that Miller had sent him the script nine years ago (long before the pair’s first date). “I was immediately fascinated by the story — and the person (Miller), of course,” he said. “I wrote to her that I would somehow explode like a fragmentation grenade if I were to take (the role) on at that time. It’s a difficult story to tell.”

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